KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SF Family Encourages Random Acts Of Kindness



Bookmark and Share

It's a day, Alison Ter Horst and her husband Tim will never forget.

Alison Ter Horst says, "I would just get a sick feeling in my stomach. I don't, I was dreading it and I didn't want March to come."

That's because March 12 is their daughter, Quinn Noel's birthday. It would have been her first, but on July 21 of last year, she suddenly, unexpectedly passed away.

Ter Horst says, "She was in our arms and started crying and arched her back and went limp."

Alison and her husband performed CPR but 45 minutes later they found themselves saying goodbye to their only child.

"Everything came back that she was in optimal health and so they labeled it as Sudden Infant Death, as undetermined," says Ter Horst.

Now eight months later, the couple decided they would honor their little girl's life, her birthday, by doing random acts of kindness. March 12 would be Celebrated as Quinncidence Day.

Ter Horst says, "I put it on a blog that I've been writing and just kind of put it out there for friends and family and then I just checked today and it's had 43,000 views on the blog so it's just crazy how much it's spread, very unexpected."

Not only has the word spread to family and friends, but to students and faculty at Washington High School, where Alison is a psychology teacher.

Ter Horst says, "I came into my room and students had come at 7 o'clock last night (Monday night) and decorated it."

Not only are students showing Alison they care, but they're showing others too.

WHS Senior Nicole Grinager says, "People can come and write down their random act of kindness and then they go over by the wall and post them by the counselor's office. I've seen people slip candy into other people's backpacks or put them on the lockers, a lot of hugs going around today (Tuesday)."

Random Acts of Kindness to help a mother, a family, heal.

Ter Horst says, "A lot of them have said, 'I just sent my mom flowers and told her how much I loved her' or 'I'm taking my mom out to eat tonight' which kind of comes full circle because as a mother that blesses me in that way too."

Click here to follow the Ter Horst family and their journey.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SD U.S. Senate Candidates Debate At Fair

Corn dogs and pretzels weren't the only things piping hot at the South Dakota State ...

17th Annual LifeLight Begins Despite Rain   story with video

The first acts are already playing to crowds of thousands Friday evening. But before ...

Medical Marijuana Protest Held In Huron

While there doesn't seem to be a ton of open support for legalizing medical marijuana in ...

South Dakota State Fair In Full Swing  Aug. 29

Social Media Guidelines For Teachers  story with video  Aug. 29

Iowa Packing Company Ordered To Pay For Violations  Aug. 29

South Dakota Settles Lawsuit Against Omnicare  Aug. 29

Rosholt Ethanol Plant Operating After 18 Months  Aug. 29

Child Immunization Rates Up In South Dakota  Aug. 29

Bomber Crews In ND, SD Learn From One Another  Aug. 29

Upgrading Pierre Stadium Would Cost $1.2 Million  Aug. 29

Laura And Kevin Preview This Weekend's Movies  story with video  Aug. 29

Mock-Ups Announced To Fix 'Ripple Effect'   story with video  Aug. 28

Thune Addresses Grain Shipment Delays At SD Forum  Aug. 28

Name Change At Westward Ho Country Club  Aug. 28

George McGovern Honored In Sioux Falls School  story with video  Aug. 28

SFFR Conducts Natural Gas Simulation Training   Aug. 28

Employee-Only Concert At New Events Center  Aug. 28

Man Arrested After Police Pursuit, 4 Car Crash  story with video  Aug. 28

Wisconsin Woman Dies In Crash Near Rapid City  Aug. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

Social Media Guidelines For Teachers  story with video

A California school teacher is facing criticism ...

Medical Marijuana Protest Held In Huron

While there doesn't seem to be a ton of open support for ...

Upgrading Pierre Stadium Would Cost $1.2 Million

Officials say upgrading Hyde Stadium in Pierre would cost $1. ...

17th Annual LifeLight Begins Despite Rain   story with video  Aug. 29

Bomber Crews In ND, SD Learn From One Another  Aug. 29

South Dakota Settles Lawsuit Against Omnicare  Aug. 29

South Dakota State Fair In Full Swing  Aug. 29

Child Immunization Rates Up In South Dakota  Aug. 29

KDLT News Archive
     

Missouri Expects Challenge From SDSU  story with video

When FBS teams like Missouri play games against the FCS, the idea is to get another home ...

Coyotes & Jacks Aim For Summit Tournament  story with video

The college volleyball season is kicking off in earnest today ...

Football Friday (8-29-14)  story with video

The 2014 high school football season is underway, and Football Friday is ...

Birds, Kye Winter win home finale  Aug. 28

Adrian wins big to start football season  story with video  Aug. 28

Vikes finish exhibition schedule 4-0  story with video  Aug. 28

USD prepared for track meet at Oregon  story with video  Aug. 28

Augie Vikings feeling more confident  story with video  Aug. 28

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top